A subjective look at Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D @ Nikon D80. Part 2 — Optical Results

For the purpose of this review the Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D was used with Nikon D80 DSLR.

Nikon D80, without doubt, is a magnificent APS-C digital SLR camera announced on August 9, 2006. It has RGB CCD sensor with resolution of 3872×2592 px (10 MP) and ISO range of 200-1600. The number of AF points is 11. The camera has TFT LCD 2.5″ display with resolution of 230000 px and additional top LCD display. There is a built-in motor therefore the AF is also available with Nikon AF series lenes. There’s no video recording functions. The cameras supports both SD and SDHC memory cards. The camera is pretty compact (132x103x77 mm) and lightweight (585 g without battery, memory card and protective cap). Discontinued in 2008.

The images which illustrate this review were developed in Capture One WITHOUT correction of distortion, vignetting and lateral chromatic aberrations, WITHOUT sharpening and increasing of overall contrast, brightness, saturation and WITHOUT changing of any other settings, except for vividness.

The resolution at the center of the frame is very good at F/1.8-2 and excellent from F/2.8 and up to F/8. The edges of APS-C fra,e are good at F/1.8-2.8, very good at F/4 and excellent at F/5.6-8. It’s a typical result for a fast prime lens with focal length of 50-55 mm.

The lens does not show any noticeable distortion — a lens of 50-55 mm class rarely suffers from strong distortion. Being a full-frame lens, it forms the image circle which cannot be fully used by the APS-C sensor (the sensor cuts the edges of the image where exactly distortion shows itself).

Longitudinal chromatic aberrations are noticeable at F/1.8 but disappear with further closing of the aperture. Lateral chromatic aberrations can be described as moderate at F/1.8-2.8 but you won’t notice them at images with blurred background. The aberrations become unnoticeable with significant closing of the aperture (F/5.6 or more).

Vignetting is weak at F/1.8 and won’t be a problem at all with further closing of the aperture.

Traditional house at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Cableway at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Sunda Kelapa, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Post Office Building at the Taman Fatahilla, Jakarta, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Mendut Buddhist Monastery, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Mendut Buddhist Monastery, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Mendut Buddhist Monastery, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Mendut Temple, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Candy Pawon, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
Prambanan, Java, Indonesia. Copyright © 2011, Evgeny Artemov
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